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thousands of refugees enter germany, many more wait to cross over hello, you're with al jazeera. also to come in the programme... >> i'm wayne hay reporting from inside thailand's parliament in bangkok, where a vote has seen a political uncertainty extended. more saudi-led air strikes in the yemeni capital. a u.n.i.c.e.f. hospital for women and children is hit and guatemalans head to the polls
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to elect a president after weeks ever political turmoil. now, thousands of people are still waiting to end their desperate journey to europe to escape war and poverty. this is the worse refug crisis that europe has seen since the world war ii. many are at the border between hungary and austria, for days they are kept in hungary and are allowed to go through the country. there are hundreds of others waiting to make the strip. near the southern border police are moving people to a transit camp. hungary says it will seal the crossing with a high fence in less than five days. for many, a perilous trip is over. they arrived in germany by train and bus, many met with cheers and applause. rob reynolds reports from munich. >> weary but happy
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refugees arrive at a german train station at last. for thousands those steps represent the successful finish to a harrowing journey stretching thousands of kilometres. germans gathered at the station to cheer and clap as refugees went through a temporary processing center. it was set up on the site. there people took the first steps applying for asylum. >> translation: it's running smoothly in an ordinary manner. we had several meetings with the crisis management team. the government, police and aid organizations are managing this in a very impressive way. >> reporter: german officials estimate that 800,000 refugees may arrive in the country before the end of the year. the refugees waited in line to register and receive new clothing, water and food.
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some families faced many days of hostility in hungary, before being allowed to move on to germany. >> my shop bomb. my house bomb. i decide to go from syria. i hope to find here a better life to me, and to me and my family. >> germany had relatively generous benefits for refugees, and laws for asylum seekers. government officials say the cost of absorbing the refugees may reach 10 billion euros this year. german chancellor angela merkel says they can cope with the influx without raising taxes or raising a deficit. >> as the refugees settle in, a meeting is planned on sunday to discuss ways to streamline the asylum process and set aside more funds for the refugee shelters. those political actions lie ahead.
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for now, thousands of refugees are simply happy to have reached a long sought-after goal, a warm welcome in a peaceful land. mohammed jamjoom is our correspondent, and he has the latest from the austrian-hunk ian border. >> there are hundreds of refugees here at the trin station. many are from syria. conditions like dire, but everyone i spoke to said that it's been so much better for them here in aufrtrya than hungary. the situation improved 100%, so grateful for the austrian authorities. let me set the scene. at the train station, many refugees waiting for a train to take them hopefully to vienna. after that, everyone i spoke to says they want to get to germany as quickly as possible. >> the head of the catholic
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church, pope francis, called on every parish and religious community in europe to take in one refugee family. the pope speaking after his customary sunday address at the vatican, saying two vatican families will take in a family of refugees within the coming days almost 2,000 more refugees arrived in the mainland port in greek. they travelled by ferry from the island lesbos. early on saturday fighting broke out between refugees and police from the island of lesbos, beginning as they tried to board an athens' bound ferry without tickets. thousands are waiting on the island to be taken to the mainland collision forces carried out more air strikes on the yemeni capital sanaa. the republican guard and special
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forces headquarters from targeted, and are controlled by houthi rebels, and forces loyal to ali abdullah saleh. a pilots' building was hit. during the bombing a u.n.i.c.e.f. hospital was damaged. general hi hopkins -- jeremy hopkins says it need to be addressed. >> there's issues of hi jean and sanitation. more importantly, the staff in the hospital did not feel safe this is indicative hon
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structures and health delivers where we estimate 50 million yemenis need access to basic health care, and are not getting it. the trade routes have become hampered by the conflict, and so essential supplies are no longer flowing in in the private or public sector. it's a huge amount. alongside other imported goods like food and other its, no longer flowing into the country the bodies of five bahraini soldiers have been flown home. the coffins were carried by an honour guard. the soldiers were killed on friday in which 45 soldiers from the united arab emirates also decide. they were part of a saudi-led coalition fighting the houthi
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rebels 21 iraqi soldiers and popular mobilization forces were killed in a string of attacks. the i.s.i.l. controlled capital of anbar province, and eight killed in a camp east of fallujah 47 fighters have been killed in battles between i.s.i.l. and syrian rebels. fighting was centered around the rebel-held town. close to the tush ir border. moraya is in a safe zone put forward by tuey. if rebels take the town, it will be harder to clear them from the area china's national reform council -- thailand's council rejected a referendum. a new committee will be set up to write another draft. wayne hay reports.
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>> a return to any form of democracy is slipping further away from thailand. outside parliament, a few protesters want their voices heard. it's not allowed under the military government that seized power in a coup last year. inside it was something of a farewell badge for the so-called national reform council, handpicked by the army. the last task before it was disbanded was to vote on a new constitution, one seen by many as a way for the army to consolidate and legitimize their power. >> delays and time-buying tactics are par for the course. the people want to remain in power. and call the shots. >> reporter: the charter was thrown out, the reform council voted against it. the process is back to the beginning. the draft constitution is condemned as undemocratic. with the rejection, the military government has an excuse to delay the election again and stay in power.
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given those who wrote and voted on the charter were chosen by the army and yet still rejected it, provoked suspicion, the process was a delay in tactics. some say the longer the army stays in power, and its supporters, the greater the risk of conflict. >> it will not be resolved. relying on the rules of the game. that means it will tend to lead to either violence or maybe another coup détat now a new constitution will need to be written. this will stay in the boxes, and thailand's political uncertainty goes on. joop guatemalans head to the polls on sunday after a week of turmoil. wealthy businessmen, a former
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first lady and television comedian are among the presidential candidates. david mercer reports. veronica is disillusioned by politics. up until a few weeks ago, the 45-year-old mother decided not to vote in the guatemalan general election. when she saw the changes sweeping the country, she decided that now was the time, even if it meant voting for the least worst candidate. >> if i don't participate in this election, i will not be able to question the future, and also i have to set an example for my daughter. i need to show her the importance of political participation. >> 7.5 million guatemalans are eligible to vote. many feel the same way as veronica. of the 14 presidential candidates, you'd thing the people are spoilt for choice. many guatemalans said they heard the campaign promises, but they have not heard from the candidates is a national plan on
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how they will deliver. >> i have a well-structured governance plan. i will not need to improvise, i have the leadership experience to my political advantage. >> translation: i don't belong to the traditional political class. what i'll do is fight the political class associated with corruption and immunity. we have a plan to work in all areas of society. >> some select groups are encouraging guatemalans to vote, others are telling people to stay at home, a protest against an election tainted by corruption. in the past few days, people told us they've been pressured to vote for certain parties. others have received money in return for political support. for veronica, what is important is her daughter's future, and that means going to the polls, hoping she makes the right choice
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lots more to come on al jazeera, including... ..violent protests in nepal over proposed changes to the constitution. plus, looking east. how the world's most populous country is inspiring fashion trends in the west.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. hello again, let's look at the top stories on al jazeera.
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thailand's army appointed reform council voted against the draft constitution. if it had passed it would have paved the way for a referendum and military rule. guatemalans head to the polls on sunday after months of political turmoil. earlier this like, otto perez molina resigned. arrested over a customs fraud scheme. thousands of refugees continue their journey across europe. taken in buses across the border to austria, where they were put on trains to germany, where they can claim asylum thousands of african refugees stranded in morocco, which used to be a transit point to europe. the government says it has taken steps to improve living standards. many complain it's not enough. we have more from the port city. >> reporter: there is a summer camp for children of refugees
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and local moroccans. they spend the summer together. now they are rehearsing for a farewell party. the aim is to raise awareness of the flight of thousands of africans thwarted by conflict and tougher conditions. frank arrived in morocco five years ago. and his fight for legal rights paid off. he's a legal resident here. his next move is to find a decent job. >> i would like access to health care, find work and take kids to school. and be treated equally and with respect. many refugees say they face tough times. some in the forest, spending the day hiding from police. they try to find fences, to get into the city. which is connected by land to
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morocco but is part of europe. >> i am here for a purpose. we live in the forest and look for something to eat. we have nothing. life is tough. we met a group of refugees that say they face discrimination. >> this is a volunteer, teaching migrant english, an experience that changed her life. >> when i came i was not into it the first day. then we had a close relationship and i felt different sides and we have a different idea of people. and some of the moroccan people. the more i know and spend time with them, the more i get interested in it. thousands of migrants are legal
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residents in morocco, meaning they have permission to stay in the country. there are thousands more that have been abandoned. now that europe set up border controls many fined themselves trapped here in morocco, this is the dream. together they say they have no other option but to leave at night and attempt a dangerous crossing the australian prime minister dab ot says he has -- tob at says -- tony abbott says he's not committed too taking any more refugees, any increase will be at the expense of others in the world. >> we are disposed to take more people from that troubled region under the refugee programme. we are open to providing
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financial assistance to the u.n.h.c.r. in the weeks and months ahead two police men have been killed in south-eastern turkey and fighting with p.k.k. rebels. the p.k.k. fired rocket propelled grenades at police who tried to stop the group. the governor's office imposed a curfew, ordering hull residents to remain indoors the nigerian government is losing millions in refugee from mining. some don't pay taxes. the government wants the miners to hand over portions of their wages, we have this report. >> reporter: this man has worked the mines for 17 years. he dropped out of school because he says his parents couldn't
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afford the expense. soon he may have to look for another job because the authorities are planning a crackdown on illegal mining. and he is not amused. >> this is my life. i don't know anything else. if anyone wants to take the job away from me. he must give me a home and other parts of life. >> most of the gold prospecting may be small scale and crude. the turnover for people like him is huge. a good day can produce hundreds of dollars, those are the dollars the government wants. the authorities want him and hundreds like him to pay taxes on their earnings. >> if the miners are given a tax, the miners coming in, given their own - there should be
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development in some part. >> the federal government which has rights over natural resources like gold says tight regulations are under way. gold processing units are mostly unlicensed. they hardly pay taxes. the challenge is to get them to pay. >> we can pay more taxes. we want to stop the government having foreigners coming to nigeria for the mining. and live with nigerians, to enjoy, eat with. >> reporter: for now, that is not what the government wants to do. it wants to stop illegal mining, and bring investors with
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the capacity to generate revenue, and jobs in the future. >> which means more time is ahead. for small-time miners. china issued a report saying tibet is in its golden age. 50 years after it set up an autonomous region after annexing the territory. state media is reporting the tibetan capital had a makeover at the end of the anniversary. china said its control helped to vet prosper, that critics say tried to violently stamp out freedom, dozens setting themselves on fire to protest against china's rule. >> reporter: tens of thousands of protesters marched in southern nepal, carrying the bodies of those killed in earlier rallies. the protest over a draft
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constitution dividing nepal into seven says. ethnic minorities say they will not get enough representation or power. >> reporter: this village in the southern plains is in mourning. a young man from the village had been shot dead. he was studying to be the first qualified engineer from the qualified engineer from the village. his family had high hopes. >> translation: my son was first in the 10th grade and got into engineering. i hoped he'd go and work in the government. we had take loans to educate him. now he's gone. >> five young men died. dozens were wounded when police opened fire on protesters. they were demonstrating against plans to restructured nepal in southern states. police try to redirect goods to the capital.
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there were violent clashes. >> how can the state treat us like this. shots were fired at the hospital on tuesday, wounding many. nepal is writing a new constitution, and one of the most controversial part is how to draw federal boundaries. the bodies of the five young men were finally released. locals were parading the bodies of the five men, across the district of varsa, and back to the villages, for final goodbyes, people here are emotional memories. they use deceptive force, and could state grievances and demands.
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in the same village as the 24-year-old's body is returned, neighbours could hardly contain the matter. >> my son, my life. what is my life without you. it had quit the armed police force to go and work as a migrant worker. in the past week, the government imposed a curfew here, was lifted for three hours for the funeral procession. as the day moved on, more started to fall on to the streets. tens of thousands moved on to the river banks. >> translation: we don't want talks for the government. we want implementation of what was agreed, and we want constitutional amendments. nobody has come here for us. villages from different religions, caste and communities arrived in solidarity. and the bodies are taken to be cremated the crowds are in no mood to compromise venezuela has arrived
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schoolchildren to across the boarder with columbia. 1500 students have been allowed through. president nicolas maduro shut the border crossings and deported 1100 columbians, saying it was a crackdown in cross-border crime there has been a change of demand at the international space station. russian who has been on board handed over the reins of the orbiting lab to n.a.s.a.'s scott kelly. five different space agencies from 15 countries built the station, the largest structure humans put into space. an exhibition on china's influence on western fashion is drawing record crowds in new york. the show, which is called china through the looking glass is on dismrat at the metropolitan museum of art. kristen saloomey went along east meets west. when the world's most populous
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country inspired a famous fashion designer. it's the latest exhibit the met toll tan museum instituted, called "chib e through the looking glass." and there's no shortage of people wanting a glimpse of the designs of john galiano and another. the costume institute held a star-studded fundraiser to kick off the show. as in the past, celebrities made it new york's social event of the year. now the exhibit is a must-see event. "china through the looking glass" broke attendance records through the institute, more than 660,000 visitors. that's amongst the top 10 exhibits of all time for the met. it is so popular, they presented the show through monday. it's an appeal going through the fashion world. . >> there's a large percentage of chinese videos, and the
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democracy was also skewing to younger audiences. that's heart warming aspect. it's changed the demographic. [ technical difficulty ] the collaboration celebrates a 100th anniversary and broadens the show's appeal. film clips and music add to the ambience. it's visually stunning. it gives you chills. >> we were excited to see our traditional clothes presented here. >> we learnt a few things, chinese art. the exhibit traces influences going back to the mid 18th century. the country's modern
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significance no doubt helped to fuel the imagination of designers and the interests of many museum goers. >> kristen saloomey, al jazeera, new york. don't forget you can get all the angles of the refugee crisis on the website. there's a lot of information, background and opinion too. [ ♪ ] hello, i'm richard gizbert, an

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